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After Toronto
Driver Standings

Driver Standings
1 Helio Castroneves 533
2 Will Power 520
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 464
4 Simon Pagenaud 462
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 428
6 Scott Dixon 387
7 Carlos Munoz (R) 384
8 Tony Kanaan 380
9 Marco Andretti 375
10 Sebastien Bourdais 358
11 Ryan Briscoe 344
12 James Hinchcliffe 330
13 Charlie Kimball 317
14 Justin Wilson 311
15 Mikhail Aleshin 298
16 Josef Newgarden 288
17 Jack Hawksworth (R) 287
18 Graham Rahal 266
19 Carlos Huertas (R) 265
20 Takuma Sato 234
21 Sebastian Saavedra 229
22 Mike Conway 218
23 Ed Carpenter 168
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 Luca Filippi 46
29 James Davison (R) 34
30 Jacques Villeneuve 29
31 Alex Tagliani 28
32 Townsend Bell 22
33 Pippa Mann 21
34 Martin Plowman (R) 18
35 Buddy Lazier 11
36 Franck Montagny 8

Rookie of the Year
1 Carlos Munoz 384
2 Mikhail Aleshin 298
3 Jack Hawksworth 287
4 Carlos Huertas 265
5 Kurt Busch 80
6 Sage Karam 57
7 James Davison 34
8 Martin Plowman 18

Wins
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 3
T2 Will Power 2
T2 Simon Pagenaud 2
T2 Mike Conway 2
T5 Helio Castroneves 1
T5 Carlos Huertas 1
T5 Ed Carpenter 1
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T5 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Podium Finishes
T1 Will Power 6
T1 Helio Castroneves 6
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
4 Tony Kanaan 4
T5 Carlos Munoz 3
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 3
T7 Marco Andretti 2
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Mike Conway 2
T10 Carlos Huertas 1
T10 Scott Dixon 1
T10 Josef Newgarden 1
T10 Graham Rahal 1
T10 Charlie Kimball 1
T10 Ed Carpenter 1
T10 Jack Hawksworth 1
T10 Mikhail Aleshin 1
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 1
Manufacturer Standings:
1 Chevrolet 2056
2 Honda 1042

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 353
2 Tony Kanaan 326
3 Helio Castroneves 241
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 167
5 Ed Carpenter 116
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 74
7 Takuma Sato 67
8 Sebastien Bourdais 60
9 Simon Pagenaud 59
10 James Hinchcliffe 56
11 Scott Dixon 44
12 Jack Hawksworth 32
13 Justin Wilson 25
14 Marco Andretti 22
T15 Mike Conway 15
T15 Josef Newgarden 15
17 Sebastian Saavedra 14
18 Graham Rahal 10
T19 Oriol Servia 7
T19 Carlos Huertas 7
21 Ryan Briscoe 5
22 Mikhail Aleshin 4
23 Alex Tagliani 3

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 3 Team Penske 533
2 12 Team Penske 520
3 28 Andretti Autosport 464
4 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 462
5 2 Penske Motorsports 428
6 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 387
7 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 386
8 34 Andretti Autosport/HVM 384
9 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 380
10 25 Andretti Autosport 375
11 11 KVSH Racing 358
12 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 344
13 27 Andretti Autosport 330
14 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 317
15 19 Dale Coyne Racing 311
16 7 Schmidt PetersonMotorsports 298
17 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 288
18 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 287
19 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 266
20 18 Dale Coyne Racing 265
21 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 234
22 17 KV/AFS Racing 229
23 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 134
24 26 Andretti Autosport 88
25 21 Ed Carpenter Racing 66
26 22 Dreyer and Reinbold 57
27 33 KV Racing Technology 34
28 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 29
29 68 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 28
30 6 KV Racing Technology 22
31 63 Dale Coyne Racing 21
32 41 A.J. Foyt Racing 18
33 91 Lazier Partners Racing 11

Finishing Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.38
T2 Kurt Busch 6.00
T2 Will Power 6.00
4 Simon Pagenaud 6.92
5 Sage Karam 9.00
6 Scott Dixon 9.61
7 J.R. Hildebrand 10.00
8 Tony Kanaan 10.23
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.38
T10 Juan Pablo Montoya 11.15
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 11.15
12 Ryan Briscoe 11.38
13 Justin Wilson 11.92
14 Carlos Munoz 12.00
15 James Hinchcliffe 12.46
16 Oriol Servia 12.5
17 Marco Andretti 12.69
18 Ed Carpenter 12.75
19 Alex Tagliani 13.0
20 Charlie Kimball 13.23
21 Takuma Sato 13.46
22 Mikhail Aleshin 13.61
23 Jacques Villeneuve 14.0
24 Mike Conway 14.66
25 Graham Rahal 15.0
26 James Davison 16.0
27 Carlos Huertas 16.07
28 Josef Newgarden 16.92
29 Sebastian Saavedra 17.0
30 Jack Hawksworth 17.16
31 Luca Filippi 18.50
32 Martin Plowman 20.5
33 Franck Montagny 22.0
34 Pippa Mann 24.0
35 Townsend Bell 25.0
36 Buddy Lazier 32.0


Pole Positions
T1 Takuma Sato 2
T1 Will Power 2
T1 Helio Castroneves 2
T4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1
T4 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T4 Ed Carpenter 1
T4 Simon Pagenaud 1
T4 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T4 Scott Dixon 1
T4 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
T2 Helio Castroneves 4
T2 Will Power 4
T3 James Hinchcliffe 3
T3 Scott Dixon 3
T3 Jack Hawksworth 3
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Josef Newgarden 2
T7 Tony Kanaan 2
T7 Sebastien Bourdais 2
T11 Takuma Sato 1
T11 Marco Andretti 1
T11 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T11 Mike Conway 1
T11 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T11 Ryan Briscoe 1
T11 Luca Filippi 1

Qualifying Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.53
2 James Hinchcliffe 6.90
3 Ed Carpenter 7.00
4 Luca Filippi 7.66
5 Simon Pagenaud 7.69
6 Will Power 7.76
7 Scott Dixon 8.84
8 J.R. Hildebrand 9.00
9 Sebastien Bourdais 9.76
10 Carlos Munoz 10.3
11 Tony Kanaan 10.53
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.61
13 Juan Pablo Montoya 10.84
14 Takuma Sato 11.69
15 Kurt Busch 12.0
16 Marco Andretti 12.61
T17 Josef Newgarden 12.92
T17 Ryan Briscoe 12.92
19 Justin Wilson 13.0
20 Jack Hawksworth 14.5
21 Mike Conway 14.66
22 Mikhail Aleshin 14.84
23 Graham Rahal 15.38
24 Sebastian Saavedra 16.53
25 Charlie Kimball 17.15
26 Carlos Huertas 17.84
27 Franck Montagny 21.0
28 Pippa Mann 22.0
29 Alex Tagliani 24.0
30 Martin Plowman 24.5
31 Townsend Bell 25.0
32 Jacques Villeneuve 27.0
33 James Davison 28.0
34 Sage Karam 31.0
35 Buddy Lazier 33.0
The Contenders: Briscoe blossoms into title force

IndyCar
Monday, October 05, 2009

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Ryan Briscoe
The genesis of Ryan Briscoe's IndyCar Series championship drive can be traced to June 2008 at The Milwaukee Mile, where he celebrated in an IndyCar Series victory circle for the first time. More importantly, the win provided the source of renewed self-confidence, which is crucial to any race driver's continued success.

"Milwaukee was the most special win of my entire career, let alone of that season," said Briscoe, who turned 28 on Sept. 24. "It was a breakthrough moment where I was having some bad luck at the beginning of the year and finally I got that race win. It was on an oval as well and I think it really catapulted me on to having a successful remaining 2008."

The positive momentum of 2008 segued into a successful 2009 in which the Australian has scored three victories, 12 top-five finishes (seven runner-up finishes) in 16 races, four pole starts and 636 laps led. Briscoe, who in 2007 was looking to get back into the IndyCar Series full time, is staring at an opportunity to claim his first driver championship. He enters the season finale Oct. 10 at Homestead-Miami Speedway trailing front-running Scott Dixon by eight points and Dario Franchitti by three.

"It's really exciting," said Briscoe, who wound up fifth in the '08 title race in his first full season with Team Penske. "At this point, it's a highlight in my career. It's going to be close, but the team's been doing an unbelievable job this year and I feel as though I've stepped it up this year. Experience is the big thing; experience with the right people. I've been learning from the right people and really working hard on improving my game at becoming a better driver.

"With experience comes confidence, and you need that going into these weekends where they are so short and there isn't a whole lot of time to prepare. You need to come out of the box strong, and I think that's been a big difference this year."

Briscoe was short on confidence after a horrifying experience at Chicagoland Speedway in September 2005. The Target Chip Ganassi Racing car he was driving clipped the wheel of another car and vaulted into the catch fence between Turns 3 and 4.

"When I was airborne and could see the sky, I knew it wasn't going to be pretty," said Briscoe, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries. "When I was in the ambulance and I could move all the important limbs I knew I would be OK."

A teammate of Dixon for '05, Briscoe was not retained by the team for his sophomore season. With his injuries healed but self-confidence still bruised, Briscoe was a journeyman in 2006 - competing in four IndyCar Series races with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (high finish of third at Watkins Glen), Team Australia in the A1GP championship, two Champ Car starts with RuSPORT and the Rolex Grand Am Series.

"The thought of getting back on the ovals though was a little daunting," said Briscoe, who ran at Nashville and Milwaukee. "I took it upon myself really to say if 'I don't do this, no one is going to feel as though personally I can go back and do it.'

"I really felt like the teams weren't considering me because either they thought I'd be scared or the same thing would happen and they didn't want to take that responsibility. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing gave me this opportunity."

And he made a positive impact in a part-time role. He accepted an offer from Penske Racing to compete in the American Le Mans Series for 2007 - without the guarantee of an IndyCar Series ride. The move paid off when Briscoe was chosen to fill the seat of Sam Hornish Jr., who transferred to the Penske Racing stock car operation after the season.

It was the opportunity Briscoe was seeking, and he fully understood he'd have to prove himself again with the historic Indy car racing team.

"Obviously, you come to a team like this and you want to believe that you're capable of winning championships and winning Indy 500s," he said. "When I came on board on the IndyCar side at the beginning of last year, I had really no expectations of winning the championship that year just because I felt so much like a rookie."

Scoring his maiden win at Milwaukee - the 300th race victory for Roger Penske as an owner - and adding victories at Mid-Ohio and the exhibition race in his Australian homeland gave rise to prognostications of championship contender. For '09, consistency was the objective. Accomplish that and the championship door would open.

"It's something I've definitely been working hard on over the last few years," Briscoe said. "(Penske Racing president) Tim (Cindric), (teammate) Helio (Castroneves), (consultant) Rick (Mears) have all helped, but probably most importantly has been Roger in my ear for the last three years at every single race. Having him as my strategist at ALMS and the last two years in IndyCar, he's really helped me strategize each race and go at the right time and wait when I need to wait. If you look at my past, it's probably exactly what I needed."

On five 1.5-mile ovals this year that are similar to Homestead-Miami Speedway, Briscoe has two victories (Kentucky and Chicagoland), an average starting position of 3.4 and finish of 5.2.

"I think I've improved, and certainly gained confidence going into a race weekend on these types of tracks," Briscoe said. "We've had great runs at all of them this year -- Kansas, Texas, Kentucky and Chicago -- so I feel really good about closing out the season with a win."

That almost assuredly would create a double celebration in Victory Circle at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"Winning the championship would be huge; the biggest achievement in my career to this point," he said. "It would be awesome to come back to try to do it again next year."

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